Life through a Bionic eye

A new video allows everyone the chance to experience the world through the eyes of a patient who has lost much of his central vision to age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and as he learns to ‘see’ again with a retinal implant.
The video, produced by Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust artist-in-residence Lucy Burscough, tells the story of Ray Flynn, who was implanted with the Argus II bionic eye system in June 2015.

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Summer festivals and contact lens wear

With the summer music season having already started, and around 750 UK festivals taking place this year, the Association of Optometrists are reminding contact lens wearers how to avoid infections and stay irritation-free with the following advice.

Click on the image for a helpful video

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A short guide to Hayfever

Guide to Hayfever

As we have entered the hay fever season the College of Optometrists has developed an easy-to-use infographic to help sufferers identify when they are most at risk of developing symptoms of hay fever and take appropriate medication to minimise their allergy. Click on the link above.

The following advice may also be useful:

  • Avoid pollen as much as possible by closing windows and keeping surfaces clear with a damp duster. Wear sunglasses which can help to protect your ...
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1 in 10 UK women has dry eye disease

An estimated one in 10 women in the UK may have dry eye disease (DED), according to a first of its kind study published this week.

Researchers investigating the prevalence of the disease in the UK found that 9.6% of women have dry eye and require artificial tears or gel to lubricate their eyes and protect them from damage. One in five (20.8%) are reported to have experienced dry eye symptoms in the past three months.

“We found that DED is very ...

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Blind men given electronic retinas

Two British men who have been totally blind for many years have had part of their vision restored after surgery to fit pioneering eye implants.

They are able to perceive light and even some shapes from the devices which were fitted behind the retina.

The men are part of a clinical trial carried out at the Oxford Eye Hospital and King’s College Hospital in London.

The two patients, Chris James and Robin Millar, lost ...

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Ten top foods for good eye health

The following foods are recognised as beneficial for maintaining healthy eyes:

  1. These plants are rich in carotenoids, especially lutein and zeaxathin. Lutein, a yellow pigment, helps protect the macula from sun damage.
  2. This juicy yellow fruit is a good source of beta carotene which helps to prevent free radical damage inside the eye.
  3. These contain vitamins A, C, and E and beta-carotene. Yellow vegetables, such as carrots and squash, are important for good daytime vision.
  4. Sardines, cod, mackerel and tuna are an ...
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Eye problems common in astronauts

Brain and eye problems have surfaced in astronauts who spent more than a month in space, marking a potential setback to plans for longer deep space missions, a US study said on Tuesday.

The research in the journal Radiology analysed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of 27 astronauts with an average of 108 days in space, either on space shuttle missions or aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Shuttle missions typically lasted a couple of weeks, while ISS stints can last more ...

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Increased numbers developing wet AMD

The NHS could be ‘significantly underestimating’ the number of people with sight loss due to age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to new research released on Tuesday (February 13).
A study, published by the British Journal of Ophthalmology and funded by the Macular Disease Society, reports that as many as 40,000 people a year develop wet AMD. This is a stark contrast to the much lower figure of 26,000 new cases estimated by the NHS and NICE.
Researchers go on to predict that ...
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